I believe that thrips are damaging the spike of my Robert's Delight 'Garnet Beauty' this is the first time that this little guy has spiked for me and I was really excited until I noticed little bugs on the spike. I have not been able to take a good photo of these little pests (aka little buggers) but I have been able to remove them from the spike. I know that when it blooms, one of the flowers will likely be damaged but I would like to try and save some of the blooms.
I grow my Vandas in pots with bark. What product should I use to treat this Vanda and do I treat the entire plant (leaves, roots and spike) will this affect the spike? I also have four other Vandas currently in spike - so far they look ok
- is it ever too early to start treating a spike? My Vandas never go outside and I want to ensure that treatment for the thrips will not pose any risk to my dogs.
I will post a picture of the spike on the Garnet Beauty so that you can confirm if it is thrips. Thanks for reading this - any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.